1 Samuel 7
1 Samuel 8
1 Samuel 9
Luke 13

I think one of the greatest tools Satan uses is well-known to us.  It is “peer pressure” – the desire to be like “the rest of the crowd.”  And peer pressure is not new.  Just read the response of the Israelites when Samuel advised them against desiring a king to rule them:

1 Samuel 8: 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

When we are tempted to “stretch” the meaning of the Word of God to be like “all the other churches” we need to also be aware of what the Lord told Samuel before he received the response from the people:

1 Samuel 8:  And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

Stay in the Word, seek God’s will, and always remember that through our actions we serve Him

1 comment

  • katehefty

    I appreciate seeing how God creatively brings victory to us against our enemies. I Samuel 7:10 tells how God “thundered” when the enemies were coming to attack Israel. They became scared and turned around to run, allowing the Israelites to pursue and win the battle. There was also a story a few days ago ( I apologize for not having the reference handy) when a battle was about to occur, and God caused one of the enemy soldiers to have a dream which he interpreted as a sign they would lose to the Israelites. That caused them to be fearful, which is never a good way to go into battle. God then threw the enemies into confusion and they started killing each other. Praise God for the creative ways He answers our prayers and gives us victory!

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